Premier Peter Gutwein's promise that health workers' submissions to the North-West COVID-19 review will be confidential do not go far enough, Labor says.
Labor member for Braddon Anita Dow joined health unions in seeking immunity for health workers and other public servants making submissions to the review.
She sought a commitment from Mr Gutwein during Question Time in State Parliament.
"While the Premier today said the terms of reference for the inquiry includes a confidentiality provision, this does not go far enough to protect those public servants who want to speak up," Ms Dow said.
"The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Health and Community Services Union point out that hospital workers are already fearful to speak up after they were targeted and publicly blamed for the outbreak - including by the Chief Medical Officer and the Prime Minister based on false information.
The State Service Act and the Public Interest Disclosures Act both do not provide sufficient protection for public servants to participate in inquiries.
In the absence of explicit protections, public servants will be understandably concerned about reprisals if they disclose information that in many cases could be traced."
In response to Ms Dow, Mr Gutwein said he had made it clear that submissions would be confidentiial.
"In terms of the independent review - which will be headed by a very well qualified and eminent Tasmanian, Greg Melick AO SC, who is also the Chair of the Integrity Commission - that there would be provisions available within the review that would enable confidentiality where people felt it was required," Mr Gutwein said.
"That is quite clearly specified in the terms of reference.
"If your question is, are people able to come forward, have their submissions remain confidential and engage with the review confidentially? Absolutely. That is clearly specified in the terms of reference."
Health and Community Services Union assistant secretary Robbie Moore said the union was not seeking confidentiality but rather protection for workers speaking out.
"People want to speak out without fear of ramifications. We need an open and transparent inquiry," Mr Moore said.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation secretary Emily Shepherd said the review must not be an exercise in blame.
"Staff need to be reassured they can talk freely and frankly and will be unlikely to do that if they do not get reassurances there will be no repercussions for them," she said.